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Demand Side Management (DSM) programs offer rebates to eligible utility customers who are contemplating installing energy saving technologies. Eligibility requirements are often challenging, even for the most sophisticated customer.

Finn Projects is thoroughly conversant with the (ever-changing) rules and regulations surrounding various DSM eligibility requirements, and help clients navigate the system.

Finn Projects is familiar with, and can assist clients with their applications for the following incentive programs:


IESO - saveONenergy Programs    

The IESO provides a province-wide electricity conservation program for multi-unit residential and commercial buildings with financial incentives for electricity efficiency retrofits, energy audits, and tenant education programs. The program is delivered by the local hydro companies and pre-approval is required.

Energy Audits

The incentives to complete energy audits of potential energy and demand savings from equipment replacement projects, operational practices and procedures, and participation in demand response initiatives are:

  • For buildings up to 30,000 sq. ft. the incentive for an ASHRAE Level II Energy Audit is $0.10/sq.ft. up to a maximum of 50% of Electricity survey and Analysis costs, whichever is less.
  • For buildings larger than 30,000 sq.ft. the incentive for an ASHRAE Level II Energy Audit is $3,000 for the first 30,000 square feet and $0.05/sq.ft. for each incremental sq.ft. up to a maximum of 50% of Electricity Survey and Analysis costs or up to $25,000, whichever is less.
  • For an ASHRAE Level III Energy Audit for buildings greater than 50,000 sq.ft. the incentive is $0.05 per sq.ft. up to a maximum of 50% of the energy audit costs, or up to $10,000 , whichever is less.
  • The Building Systems Audit incentive provides an analysis of savings that can be achieved by modifications to balancing and optimizing auxiliary fans, pumps, compressors, domestic water and all associated distribution systems. The incentive is 50% of the audit costs, to a maximum of $5,000. Amounts received for a Building Systems Audit reduce the amount of other qualified audit funding.

Equipment Replacement

The program provides incentives for Prescriptive or Custom energy efficiency measures. The Custom measure incentives are:

  • $400/kW or $0.05/kWh for lighting measures (whichever is higher) to a maximum of 50% of the project costs.
  • $800/kW or $0.10/kWh for non-lighting measures (whichever is higher), including lighting controls, to a maximum of 50% of the project costs.

Existing Building Commissioning

The program provides incentives for large buildings (>50,000ft2) with chiller water plants. The participant incentives are broken down into four project phases:

  • Scoping Study: amount charged, to a maximum of $2,500.
  • Investigation Phase: up to $30,000.
  • Implementation Phase: up to $5,000 plus up to 50% of purchasing and installing equipment costs.
  • Completion Phase: amount charged, to a maximum of $2,500.

Direct Install Lighting (Small Commercial Buildings Only)

The Direct Install Lighting program offers up to $1,000 in free energy efficient lighting retrofits for the small commercial sector. Companies that participate in the Direct Install Lighting Program are eligible for a series of lighting upgrades between $300 and $1,000.

The Direct install Lighting program is being offered to small business customers who are located in targeted service areas of a participating local electricity distribution company (LDC) and have an electricity demand of less than 50 kW.

Preliminary Engineering Study (PES)

The PES program provides 100% of study costs up to $10,000 in incentive funding for completing a Preliminary Engineering Study for a key process or single system that will identify opportunities for process improvements that can reduce your electricity use. A Preliminary Engineering Study should be done when the customer is aware of the potential for electrical savings but it is unsure of the approach to achieve the energy savings. The study report must provide electricity savings estimated to an accuracy of +/- 30% and projects costs estimated to an accuracy of +/- 50%.

Detailed Engineering Study (DES)

The DES program provides 100% of study costs up to $50,000 in incentive funding for completing a Detailed Engineering Study to determine energy savings from an opportunity that has already identified. This study will perform an in depth analysis of a Process or System. It will be used to determine a base case energy usage of the System, and to propose and energy savings opportunities or Measures. Additionally, the study will identify any Capital Incentive Project opportunities that might exist for the system and help build a capital investment business case for the process efficiency improvements. The study report must provide electricity savings estimated to an accuracy of +/- 10% and projects costs estimated to +/- 25%.

IESO - microFIT Program

The IESO's microFIT program is a stream of the Independent Electricity System Operator's (IESO) Feed-in Tariff (FIT) that it is intended to encourage the development of "microscale" renewable energy projects across the province. Owners of these projects will be paid a fixed price for the electricity they produce. Prices are set at a level intended to enable project owners to recover the costs of the projects, as well as to earn a reasonable return on their investment over the term of the contract.

The rate for rooftop solar photovoltaics (PV) is presently set at up to 31.1¢/kWh for a 20 year contract (as of January 1, 2017).


Enbridge Gas Distribution Incentives

Energy Audits (Hospitals, Long-term Care Facilities, Colleges & Universities Only)

Enbridge Gas Distribution offers financial rebates for energy auditing, based on:

  • 50% of audit cost (maximum of $5,000) or
  • $0.01/m3 of annual gas consumption for a portfolio of buildings (maximum of $15,000).

Buildings must consume more than 150,000 m3 of natural gas per year to qualify for this incentive.  The audit incentive application and audit scope must be pre-approved by Enbridge and must materially meet the requirements of Enbridge's Report Outline.

Equipment Replacement

Enbridge offers financial incentives for energy retrofits, calculated on your projected first year's natural gas savings using the following tiered rates, up to a maximum of $100,000 or 50% of the project cost:

  • $0.10/m3 for the first 10% of gas savings
  • $0.15/m3 for gas savings >10% or ≤20%
  • $0.30/m3 for gas savings above 20%

Incentives are remitted upon project completion. Enbridge pre-approval is required.

Enbridge Gas Distribution offers numerous financial incentives for a wide range of prescriptive measures.

School Board Boiler Program

Enbridge offers financial incentives for non-atmospheric spacing heating boiler applications for schools. The incentives are as follows:

  • $1,000/elementary school
  • $4,300/per secondary school

Affordable Housing Program

Enbridge Gas Distribution offers financial rebates for energy auditing, based on the lesser of:

  • 50% of audit cost (maximum of $5,000) or
  • $0.01/m3 of annual gas consumption for the last calendar year

Union Gas Incentives   

Energy Audits & Studies

Union Gas offers the following custom energy efficiency program financial incentives:

  • Energy Efficiency Feasibility Study (Industrial)- 50% up to $10,000.
  • Energy Efficiency Feasibility Study (Commercial) - 30% up to $4,000.
  • Industrial Process Study - 66% up to $20,000.

Equipment Replacement

Union Gas offers financial incentives for energy efficiency equipment replacement measures based on natural gas savings and rate type. The incentives are:

  • General Service - $0.20/m3 (to a maximum of $40,000).
  • Contract - $0.10/m3 (to a maximum of $100,000).

Union Gas also provides prescriptive incentives for programmable thermostats, condensing boilers, demand control kitchen ventilation, infrared heaters, energy recovery ventilators, heat recovery ventilators, destratification fans, pre-rinse spray nozzles, condensing gas water heaters and front-loading clothes washers.


Water Conservation

A number of cities and towns provide incentives for high efficiency toilet and dual-flow toilet replacement and high-efficiency (HE) commercial washer replacement.

The City of Toronto offers the following incentives:

  • Water Capacity Buy Back Program provides a rebate of up to $0.30/liter of water (commercial and institutional buildings only)

The Region of York offers the following incentives:   

  • Water-Use and Wastewater Quality Consultation Program, which provides a free consultation including a water-use profile of the facility, customized recommendations of potential water saving opportunities, information to help develop a business case for replacements or upgrades and a wastewater quality improvement plan, and access of up to $50,000 in retrofit incentives.
  • ICI Capacity Buyback Incentive Program for Businesses, which provides a rebate of $0.30/litre of water. (institutional, commercial, and industrial buildings only, or up to 50 per cent of the total capital cost of the retrofit to a maximum of $50,000.

The Region of Waterloo offers the following incentives:

  • The Water Efficient Technology Program (W.E.T) offers free water use reviews, identifying possible opportunities for savings.
  • 50% of the cost of an in-depth water use audit to a maximum of $10,000.
  • Up to $100,000 in incentives for installing water efficient equipment retrofits.

Peel Region offers the following incentives:

  • Free Indoor Water Assessments, which includes recommendations for equipment/process changes.
  • Rebates of up to 50% of the costs to make water saving equipment/process improvements, based on the recommendations of an indoor water assessment.

Utilities Kingston offers the following incentives:

  • The Water Efficiency Retrofit Incentive Program (WERIP) offers up to 20% of eligible project costs to permanently reduce water consumption by more than 80 m3 per year.
  • The Commercial & Multi-Residential Toilet Replacement Rebate offer $60 per toilet replacement of toilets that use 13 Liters per flush or more.